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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-05 04:49
Subject: [cancer] The world's weirdest drug side effect: Eyelashes
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I'm on Vectibix, which is an anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody. One side effect of this type of drug is excessive eyelash growth.


I am not kidding.

Of late my vision has been getting foggy due to runaway eyelash growth. And people have been commenting on my unusually lush eyelashes, included various nurses while I was in the hospital recently. So last night, [info]the_child and Mother of the Child undertook to trim my eyelashes. Lisa Costello was kind enough to photo document. (Note this is a profound act of trust in your trimmer's very steady hands.)

My right eyelashes have been trimmed, my left eyelashes have not yet

The operation in progress

Me, trying not to struggle

Yeah, cancer is weird. The Great Eyelash Caper of Ought Thirteen brought to you by my disease and its discontents.

Photos © 2013 Lisa Costello. Reproduced with permission.

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Jay Lake: funny-buddahomer
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-02-05 13:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I got no clue. My oncologist explained it was a known side effect, but did not enlighten me as to the mechanism.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2013-02-05 18:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
Well that's something I didn't expect to see! :)
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Jennifer Brozek
User: jennifer_brozek
Date: 2013-02-05 23:13 (UTC)
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The last time we were on skype, I noticed your eyelashes and was quietly jealous of them. I had no idea they were a side effect.
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